Cross Country Skiing


The best locations to cross country ski.

  • Spray river loop – Starting behind the Banff Springs Hotel it leads through a beautiful valley on both sides of a stream. 5-11 km
  • Lake Minnewanka road trail – Half of the Minnewanka Loop is closed in Winter and becomes a groomed cross country trail 5-10 km
  • Cascade fire road – Leads on an old fire road into the backcountry behind Cascade Mountain 10-20 km
  • Mt Rundle east side trail – From the trailhead you will traverse the famous Banff golf course before following Bow River through a great forest trail to the Canmore Nordic Centre. 10-20km
  • Mt Norquay loop – This is a more adventurous trail starting at Mt Norquay at the last ski lift you will ski down to the river before taking a sharp turn left on the forty mile creek trail and left again to complete the loop. This trail is not groomed. 10-15km
  • Red Earth Creek  – A fire road leads through a great area to Shadow Lake Lodge and back or ski to Egypt Lake Shelter 28-35km
  • Johnston Canyon – Start from Moose Meadows and make your way to the Inkpots and Mystic Lake 10-30km
  • Sundance Canyon or Healy Creek – From the Cave and Basin this beautiful trail follows Bow River to Sundance Canyon or even further through the woods to Brewster Creek 10-24km
  • Bow River – In the middle of Winter the Bow River is frozen and skiable.
  • Johnson Lake – A small beautiful lake in the Lake Minnewanka area.
  • Lake Minnewanka – A great lake to ski on 5 to 30 km
  • Moraine Lake road – One of the many roads which are groomed and skiable 14 to 28km.
  • 13. Lake O’Hara
  • One of the most rewarding ski trails to a great panorama. 11 to 30 km depending if you continue to ski on Lake O’Hara as well.
  • 14. Lake Louise loop and Paradise Valley
  • A great ski out beautiful views on high mountains which create this valley. 18 to 30 km. The valley can be accessed as well from Moraine Lake road. Look for the trailhead into the woods at km 3
  • 15. Takkakaw Falls and Little Yoho Valley
  • A long day out if you ski to the many frozen waterfalls at the end of this valley. 20 to 38 km. The tracks are groomed to the switchbacks but normally there are tracks to the end of the valley as this is a popular ski out via Stanley Mitchell Hut from the Wapta icefields.
  • 16. Emerald Lake
  • A short and easy ski on and around the lake 4 to 9 km
  • 17. Skoki Lodge
  • A very rewarding but difficult ski out because of the steepness of certain slopes. 2 mountain passes will have to be crossed on the way.